China has banned newspapers,
publishers and website-owners from using foreign words – particularly English
China’s state press and publishing
body said such words were sullying the purity of the Chinese language.
It said standardised Chinese should
be the norm: the press should avoid foreign abbreviations and acronyms, as well
as “Chinglish” – which is a mix of English and Chinese.
The order also extends existing
warnings that applied to radio and TV.
China’s General Administration of
Press and Publication said that with economic and social development, foreign
languages were increasingly being used in all types of publications in China.
It said such use had “seriously
damaged” the purity of the Chinese language and resulted in “adverse
social impacts” on the cultural environment, reported the People’s Daily
If words must be written in a
foreign language, an explanation in Chinese is required, the state body said.